"Rohan combines all the elements of basic fantasy -- a young hero, mentors, villains, something to be saved, special powers and, of course, magical creatures -- with great storytelling that appeals to a wide audience." KIRKUS REVIEWS

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

And the winner of the "Weaverworld" draw is...

We added a little extra fun to the annual award ceremony for the Brome Bright Lights Short Story contest this year. The names of each of the winners, runners-up and honourable mentions' were entered in a draw to win a signed copy of "Weaverworld: Grimsnipe's Revenge".
The names were written on slips of paper and placed in a black top hat. Our Grand Prize winner Madison Edwards drew the winning name which was...Gabriel Deyette!

Gabriel assured me that he loves "this kind of book". I look forward to his comments!


Short story contest winners announced

For the past six years, my husband and I have hosted a children's writing contest in our area. The Brome Bright Lights Short Story Contest invites children in English elementary schools in the Brome-Missisquoi region of Quebec to submit stories for a chance to win cash prizes. A group of six judges picks one winner from each grade category and then an overall winner to receive the Grand Prize. Our top winner (among 103 contestants) this year was Madison Edwards, a grade 3 student at Knowlton Academy.

For a complete photographic list of the winners and runners-up, please go to our page at www.facebook.com/bromebrightlights.

Friday, June 8, 2012

How I learned Archery

In Weaverworld children are taught riding, archery and falconry. To write about these things I used my own experiences in combination with research. Archery was an easy one because I actually spent several years doing Kyudo, a Zen bow-and-arrow practice. This beautiful blend of art, meditation and exercise is taught at a school called a dojo, and in Montreal the dojo is called "Suiko Kyudojo".

For information, or to enroll in classes at Suiko, please click on this link:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Today's progress on Book Two

I managed to finish knitting together the new beginning with the existing story, but must now continue to pick up threads and weave them through the fabric of the remaining few hundred pages. Hence the name: Weaverworld!

What is a Morpheoso? A shape-shifter...someone who can assume the physical identity of another. The Morpheosi were an ancient sect of Weavers who specialized in this skill until it was outlawed because of the danger that it be used for criminal intent. This is what Jack learned today...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Book Two in the works

I am surprised at how many people ask me when book two of the Weaverworld books will be coming out. They may be worried that if they read "Grimsnipe's Revenge" they'll be left hanging for a long time. Let me assure you that the first book has an ending that will satisfy you, albeit temporarily, and that book two is in the works and if all goes well should be available by this time next year.

Book two will take you much further into Weaverworld where you will meet many more of the natives. The danger factor gets amped up too, as there is more at stake the second time around. I don't want to say too much but suffice it to say that the book already exists in draft form. My job at the moment (when I get a moment!) is to rewrite it and get it into shape for publishing.

So if you're holding off from reading "Grimsnipe's Revenge", please remember that we struggling authors need encouragement. Buy the book and if you like it, talk about it to your friends and review it online at http://tinyurl.com/d2vkjj6.
Thank you very much,